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to bashar al-assad the syrian dictator who is fighting a rebellion by his own people. assad has not used his chemical weapons, including nerve gas, but the possibility that he might threatens to pull the united states into that middle east conflict. here's how mr. obama put it. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> pelley: so why did the president say it today? david martin hat the pentagon has been talking to his sources. >> reporter: this is a commercial satellite photo of a syrian chemical weapons base. u.s. monitoring of roughly two dozen bases like this indicates the assad regime has begun preparing its chemical weapons for use. orders have been issued to bring together chemical ingredients which are normally stored separately for safety, but when combined form a deadly nerve agent sarin. throughout months of heavy fighting, intelligence ana
on for five or six days. president bashar al-assad wants do and indeed has to hang on to the capital if he is to stay in power. there are many experts who believe either way, he has decided to fight to the death. either if he tries to flow he will be killed by his own supporters who will feel betrayed him him or ultimately he will be killed by the rebels. this, while it does seem to be the end days for the bashar al-assad regime, it could yet stretch on for some days or even weeks. that because the rebels simply are not strong enough to defeat the syrian security forces in one battle. what we are seeing is an intense battle of attrition. most experts will tell you, his days are numbered. >> the big question on the international stage now, jonathan, will he use the chemical weapons at the last moment. >>jonathan: there are real concerns. a lot of people call him a cornered rat fighting to the death and therefore use every weapon in his arsenal. there are others, though, who think that assad is highly unlikely to do that, he has been wanted by everyone, including his allies, the russians, th
. speaking at nato, secretary of state, hillary clinton added this time it is running out for bashar al-assad. >> we believe, as you know, that their fall is inevitable. it is a question of how many people will die until that date occurs. >>trace: investigators say syria could have thousands of chemical agents including cyanide and the deadly nerve gas. 40,000 people have died so far in the syrian civil war. now the fighting has spilled into neighboring lebanon, a nation where tens of thousands of syrians have sought refuge. officials in a northern city reported at least six people have died and more than 50 have been wounded in two days of violence. jonathan hunt is live today at the united nations. the big question is, will president assad stay and fight? will he seek asylum? >>jonathan: the turks and russians, they are saying they are working on what they call "new ideas to bring an end to the ongoing 20--month-old civil war." they have nut given any ideas or details what those ideas might be but it will revolve around whether president assad has decided he going to live and die in syria a
assad may consider chemical weapons. >> the gunfire has shown why they're asking for no. this time it was some of the wounded who crossed into turkey but artillery and mortar rounds have landed here, killing civilians. this is what nato hopes will deter an increasingly desperate regime. patriot missiles with sophisticated radar that can shoot down any incoming missiles and planes, locking onto a target in seconds with a range of more than 60 miles. nato foreign ministers approved sending the missiles to turkey with the u.s., the netherlands, and germany providing the weapons but the alliance stressed the move was defensive. >> the deployment of patriot missiles will serve as an effective deterrent and that way, diaz with the situation along the syrian-turkish border. >> russia is the one fly in the right man. the foreign minister said he would not block the move. a sign an old ally may be losing patience with president assaad. they hope deploying missiles will help stabilize tensions but the bigger concern is what is happening inside syria itself. specifically, what the regime migh
there will be consequences should the assad regime make the mistake of using those weapons on its own people. for more on the perspective from damascus, i spoke a short time ago to the bbc's jeremy bolon -- jeremy bowen. >> the issue has been pretty firm on the use of chemical weapons. any news from damascus? >> i think the regime here can feel the pressure. it has been under huge pressure in the last couple of weeks, increasing pressure. of the most pressure has faced from the west, certainly, in the almost two years this has been going on. i spoke before panetta made his remarks to the information minister and he repeated one of their official positions, which is that they say they do not have chemical weapons. of course, there's plenty of evidence that they do. and what he also said was that if they had them, they would never use them. >> people talk about a tipping point in syria. what is going to take make outside bandeau -- to make assad go. are they any closer to that moment? >> it has been hard to get a sense of that because of the lack of the visas. the strain of the war on the government bui
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a deteriorating situation in syria. why turkey says the bashar al-assad regime may be coming for it next and what our nato ally says it needs to protect its own people. we have a live report just ahead. [ man ] ring ring... progresso this reduced sodium soup says it mahelp lower cholesterol, how does it work? you just he to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >> reporter: they are trying to push forward and march towards the presidential palace. it's a risky move that could cause conflict of supporters of mohammed morsi. the riot police seem to have the protestors bottled up in the square. the goal to march on the presidential palace failed today for the opposition. jenna: the question is whether we are headed toward potentially more violence in the streets. we'll keep an eye on what is happening in the streets today. jon: high levels of a deadly gas forced the evacuation of an elementary school forcing dozen of stud
is probably the agent that assad is most likely to use. deadly nerve agent. made of a combination of chemicals. once mixed it lasts for about 60 days in toxic form. a couple of drops of this stuff on your skin will kill you. >> bill: this is what they used in the japanese tunnel. >> sarin was invented in -- you're right. in the tokyo subway, killed 12, injured thousands. that was a crude device. they were dispersing it in paper bags with little fans. sarin was invented by the nazis at the end of world war ii. never used in world war ii but this is still quite deadly stuff. and just a couple of days ago we thought we might be past this point. president obama used a speech at the national defense iewfersity to turn to the camera and give a live warning. assad, if you use this, there will be consequences. it appeared to many of us that would back down the regime but it seems to be escalating so there are concerns assad may be close to using the chemical weapons. that's why you're seeing a flurry of activity. u.s. s
loyal to president bashar assad. >>> in your world, fighting has escalated near damascus today between syrian rebels and forces loyal to president bashar assad after president obama issued a warning to them not to use chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road, there will be consequences. >> suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> this week nato foreign ministers are expected to approve turkey's request for patriot antimissile systems. turkey has been supportive of assad opponents and is concerned about possible retaliation by syrian missiles. >>> iran says it captured an american drove but a navy spokesman says none are missing. the commander says all the unmanned surveillance aircraft in the region are accounted for. other nations in the gulf including the united arab emirates have drones in service. >>> 5:15. muni issues are fixed. >> reporter: power was restored about 15 minutes ago before the morning commute heated up this morning so things are back on track. no delays for any muni
wonderful rest of your day. i'm brooke baldwin. the question we're asking here, is bashar al assad, is he bluffing as fears grow his regime will unleash chemical weapons in syria? we're digging on what the sarin gas could do and of course where it is coming from. >>> but first, the president has a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. but republican house speaker john boehner dismisses it as, and i'm quoting, la la land. the republicans offered their proposal, that happened about 24 hours ago. the white house quickly labels it as nothing new. business as usual, right? so how do we move beyond this stalemate in washington? we heard from the president, just a short time ago. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin joins me now, jessica, the president spoke out, sat down in an interview with bloomberg tv, and in listening to the interview, did you hear any clues toward a possible compromise here? >> reporter: not new clues, brooke. the president laid down the marker that we heard from the white house consistently, which is they aren't moving until they hear the republicans agree
disturbing turn. there's word that president bashar al assad may be thinking about using chemical weapons and more specifically nerve gas against his own people. an nbc report shows video it says depicts the syrian military loaning components for air gas into aerial bombs. those could be bombs that might be dropped from warplanes onto the innocent syrian people below but they say they would never do that to their own people though we have been seeing what they have been doing to their own people for the last year and a half now. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is leading a new u.s. diplomatic push on syria holding talks in dublin, ireland, today. let me begin with you. including this distressing nbc news report, what and how much do we know about al assad's movements at this point? >> reporter: there have been concerns for months. the u.s. reiterated for quite some time if assad did anything with those chemical weapons and utilize them in any way, theat would be a red line that brought on consequences. there's not concern that bashar al assad might iutilize them against his own peo
weapons by assad's forces. >> we have set an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would be held to account. >> if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> held accountable. it's unclear exactly what that means, but what about military intervention to stop the assad regime. >> the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. there will be consequences. if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. but suffice to say, we are certainly planning to take action, if that eventuality were to occur. >> a promise of action, but, again, no specifics. so, what would a military intervention look like? >> if your objective is to destroy the chemical munitions, then perhaps you can go in and bomb them or otherwis
. senior u.s. officials tell abc news, president bashar assad's forces have loaded nerve gas components into bombs at or near syrian airfields. it is assumed, the intent was to move the bombs onto aircraft. but there's no way to know if that happened for certain. the issue, of course, has the full attention of the obama administration. >> our concerns are that an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. >> syrian ground forces and rebels have been battling in and around syrian capital of damascus. it is now estimated that more than 40,000 people have been killed in violence in march 2011. >> just an atrocity there. >>> now to the pink slips at citigroup. the company is slashing 11,000 jobs worldwide. about 4% of its work force. more than half of those cuts will come from consumer banking. and they are aimed at saving $900 billion next year alone. investors were apparently pleased. because citi stocks shot up more than 6%. >>> and the world's biggest coffee chain is abou
escalated in damascus. this comes after president obama issued a warning to president assad and his government not to use any chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road, there will be consequences. >> suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> this week nato foreign minister is expected to approve turkey's request for patriot antimissile systems. turkey has been supportive of assad opponents and is concerned about possible retaliation by syrian missiles. >>> iran claims it has captured an american drone but a u.s. navy spokesman says no drones are missing. the commander says all the unmanned surveillance aircraft in the region are accounted for. other nations in the gulf including the united arab emirates have drones in service. >>> 6:12. no laughing matter. a comedian first busted in oakland is arrested again. how this time though it cost someone their job. >> and a beer brawl. how far one store worker went to get his liquor back. >> and we're off to an early start. the factors that could
the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, the implications are just stunning that the assad regime would actually use deadly gas on its own people
by the regime, of president bashir al-assad. intelligence was raising fear that the regime was preparing to to the weapons against rebels. now senior u.s. officials tell us that government forces have been moving chemical weapons on or near syrian airfield and it is believed that components of deadly sarin gas have been loaded into bombs at the airfield. monday, president obama warned syria not to use its chemical arsenal. we will stay on top of this developing story on this thursday morning. >> the u.s. made it very clear any use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a red line for the country we would, unlo unlike up until now, invoke military action to solve the situation, rebels getting close to damascus, a precarious situation, any use of chemical weapons would spawn deeper u.s. intervention. so something militarily families may want to keep an eye on as that develops. >> 100 people dying a day since the weekend. >>> in damascus. >>> major developments in the case of the missing leukemia patient. >> last seen on a hospital security video more than a week ago. now her fath
the damascus airport. the assad regime's lifeline tots few remaining allies. charlie d'agata has more on this. >> reporter: the outskirts of amascus have become a grttleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. ow within their sights is their biggest target-- the damascus international airport, about 12 heles southeast of the city. poavy bombardment reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target, and gave a atark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport force the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport ould also cut off weapon supplies and regime allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute of near wa east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jets from iran land, the isrrying a lot of sophisticated weapons, so knocking that location out, taking it over a
sending over dire warnings to bashar al assad about any move to use chemical weapons on his people as a red line for this country. first of all, what is happening with our intelligence gathering machine now that we have that one bit of information that at least we know in terms of keeping an even closer watch on what's happening? >> well, my guess is that's the number one intel focus right now for the u.s. government is not so much the battle between rebels and asat but the fate of those chemical weapons. i think this story that they're starting to mix weapons, potentially put sarin gas in bombs, is the big story. it's bigger than the iran story, bigger than any other story i have heard this week. it's deeply troubling, and it raises two sets of questions. one is will the regime in its death throes resort to the use of chemical weapons. it's not the first time we've seen that in the middle east. saddam used it, nasr used it. the u.s. laid down a red line. it said do not move those chemical weapons agents, certainly do not use them, and having drawn that red line, if assad starts to
assad's part, to underestimate him. >> simply cannot go beyond trying to maintain themselves in power? they seem not to be willing to make a wise decision to let go. >> first of all, the assad family and the shia minority in syria have repressed the sunni and other relingious and ethnic groups in syria for decades. there is a score card that those other groups will want to even, of massacres and executions. and i think one of the reasons assad is fighting so hard is that they have some sense of what's likely to happen to them if the option is successful in unseating the government in syria. so this is potentially a very ugly situation. it's ugly now because of assad. it could get ugly after. >> charlie, interesting he he's saying it probably will get uglier. >> two reasons he stepped down when he did, one is that he felt like he given his service in time. secondly, it was getting to the point where i was worried that i could not figure out what the reactions might be on the part of the other side. >> interesting. very interesting interview. thank you, charlie. >>> he egypt's embattled
on political grounds. >> a quick correction to the story on syria last night. i mistakenly said that assad's father used chemical weapons against his own people, which he did not. we apologize for the error. a typhoon blew through the philippines. so far, 270 are dead. mudslides and floods washed away entire villages. rescue crews are still trying to get to some areas. the bbc now reports from manila. >> the human cost is great. current of water came gushing down the mountain, killing and injuring scores of people. people like this family. >> my father is in hospital. my mother and older brother were swept away by the flood water. that is the last time i saw them. my mother said to me, "i love you." >> carried to safety by his cousin, young julia's is facing the fact that most of his immediate family are dead. more than half of the reported casualties are from the same province. most of their crops have been wiped out. power and communications are down, homes and infrastructure destroyed. >> the government in manila is accused of doing too little, too late. -- too little, too late in past
on to president assad's military bases, surrounding his military bases. that's no hope here for a diplomatic solution, the rebels don't want one, they say the only solution they will accept is a military victory. >>> tonight defense officials fell our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski that a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. was killed during the rescue operation of an american doctor in afghanistan. his name has not been released. it happened during a raids to save dr. dill let joseph. the military says the operation was ordered after intelligence showed the doctor's life was in danger. >>> just two months after winning re-election, venezuelan president hugo chavez says his cancer has returned and he's treating treatment once again in kib what. in a nationally televised speech, chaves mentioned a possible successor should his condition worsen. it's not revealed what type of cancer he has. >>> tomorrow the first fema trailers are expected to roll into new jersey, much needed temporary housing. and in new york tonight, there are new questions about why politicians for decades didn't heed warnings abou
, that as of now, the bombs remain in the depots have not been loaded on the planes and president assad has not given the fatal order to attack, matt. >> hey, mick, a few days ago, president obama warned the syrian regime, if you use chemical weapons, quote, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. talk to me about any viable military options the u.s. has at its disposal right now. >> the preemptive strike is pretty much limited. ground troops out of the question. as syria has one of the most robust air defense systems in the world given to them by the russians. and cruise missiles could be launched but not against the missile sites themselves because that would indicate and could easily spread the deadly sarin gas. some have suggested, our, cruise missiles could be launched at regime targets. you know, but the solution to this may be occurring right now as we speak there in dublin where secretary of state hillary clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting with the russian foreign minister about syria. russia is syria's largest ally. if they can be convinced to withdraw
that the assad regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels now. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle reports from syria's board we are tokyo. >> the fighting in damascus is intense. rebels in the streets gaining ground. a car bombing in the capital. a military barracks nearby, rebels claim, overrun. and the road to damascus airport syria's main international link cut off. this war 21 months in is now moving fast. as rebels advance, they're capturing syrian tanks and seizing new weapons, able to shoot down helicopters. even fighter jets challenging the regime's air superiority. in the capital bread lines in what has been the regime's stronghold. more lines in aleppo and little power. though assad still has the upper hand. rebels worry that the increasingly desperate dictator will resort to chemical weapons. that would be catastrophic for syrians and intolerable to syria's neighbors. chemical gas could drift across borders. neighboring turkey asked for and will get patriot missiles from naito, able to shoot down incoming rockets or aircraft. the assad regime
could have been killed. in syria more signs of president assad's days are numbered and the white house warning syria you better not think about using chemical weapons like saddam hussein did. so we'll bring it all to you. take your calls. give you a chance to sound off. you can do so by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. that is our toll free number. follow us on twitter. give us your comments on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, follow us on facebook, facebook.com/billpressshow. here we go. peter ogborn and dan henning. >> happy tuesday. >> bill: team press here this morning. >> good morning. >> bill: phil backert has the phones. cyprian bowlding, a delighted redskins fan this morning. he's got the video camera. >> he's going to celebrate this morning. >> bill: dan didn't wear his giants garb this morning. >> for those who don't know, there is a rift here in the bill "bill press show." dan is a big giants fan. cyprian supports the football team here in washington. it is a heated rivalry. >> bill: even if yo
assad will use them on his own people. >> if he would drop the gas, it would kill 100,000 people immediately and in damascus a million people could be affected. it is very serious. >> gretchen: fox news learns that the military drawing up contingency plans in case assad leaves syria. former chairman of chiefs of staff. admiral mike mullen's personal computer and his personal e-mail account was compromise aides insist no classified information was stored on the computers . the grammy concert held last night. kanye west and jay z tied for five nomination and taylor swift and llcool jay traded place it is. he took on her hit sopping. ♪ ♪ nashville. ♪ some day i'll be big enough so you can hit me. ♪ and all your ever going to be is me. ♪ why do you got to be so mean? >> gretchen: that's so great than kanye west interrupting taylor swift. ♪ got your hands up. ♪ you got your radio on. ♪ and every song. ♪ ♪ >> gretchen: and the 55th annual grammy awards will be held in los angeles. those are the headlines. >> steve: thursday morning, a long-time senator like you neve
developments this morning in syria as well. increasing the fear that bashar al assad's embattled regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons against its opponents. nbc news reports that syria's military loaded the component chemical for the deadly nerve gas cerron into bombs that could be used in fighter jets. they reported that syrian forces started combining chemical that could be used to make that gas for weapons. >>> here at home, big news in the state of washington. it's the first state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. voters approved a ballot initiative last month making it legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. the new law took effect at midnight and people marked the occasion with a pot party at seattle space needle overnight. it's not a blanket license to smoke pot anywhere anytime. cnn's miguel marquez has been up all night, live in seattle for us. so it's not illegal to smoke marijuana but the whole distribution network of marijuana and the distribution and sale of marijuana is still illegal. there's a big asterisk here for recrea
obama has been warning of consequences if al assad makes what mr. obama calls the tragic mistake of using chemical weapons. former british prime minister tony blair voiced his concerns earlier on cnn. >> i mean now the death toll probably would be around 40,000, since this began, since a large number of people. but if there was any sense at all that assad was going to use chemical weapons or did use chemical weapons against his own people i expect a tough response that would be military. >> and nato is taking no chances by trying to protect one of its members, alliance expected to authorize deployment of operate out missiles to turkey's border with syria. i want to bring in cnn's ivan watson joining us istanbul in turkey. the turkish government asked for nato's help after the syrian government was shelling near the border and coming across inside turkey, one memorable occasion. do these missiles perhaps border tensions or the deterrent that nato claims? they're defense everybody not offensive? >> reporter: if you talk to the turkish government, if you talk to nato, officials argu
at this point. is there a chance he may quietly seek asylum? >> reporter: a few months ago president assad said in a television interview he would never leave syria nor seek asylum. that position is apparently changing. he's said to be seeking asylum in cuba or ecuador. it is not clear whether these are just rumors or actual reports. we are hearing this from second hands coming out of damascus. but there is some evidence that the assad regime does feel like its back is up against the wall. so these taken with reports of their chemical weapons being prepared. it feels like the assad regime is look at its options getting out. >> it feels like there is a rumbling and things may be shifting. how much shifting are the rebels taking in terms of taking back those areas they lost. >> we are hearing opposition groups in syria that the rebels are making progress. rebels have recently taken over several key military bases in syria away from the syrian military. and when the syrian military tries to launch a counterattack they are repelled by rebels. bill: there was a controversial cartoon demonizing the w
continue to advance on damascus, prompting concern that president assad's regime will respond with chemical weapons. question, should the u.s. intervene in any of these here now is mark ginsburg, former white house middle east advisor. welcome back, mark. here's the thing. we drew a red line, president obama drew a red line over these chemical weapons of mass destruction. at what point do we have to start bombing them to prevent them from moving and utilizes those weapons of mass destruction? when's that happen? >> larry, the fact of the matter is that i already know some of those weapons have been moved and put into the hands of the iranian revolutionary guards operating in syria and also i believe some of it has been sold to hezbollah. so as far as i'm concerned, there's some of that red line that's been crossed. but to answer your question, the fact remains is that if the intelligence report says, as the president and the press reports are leading us to believe, that precursors have been loaded into those shells, somehow or another we're going to have to incinerate from the air those wea
the assad regime caused theblackout. >>> there are reports that a number of cars caught fire and at least three of the cars were crushed. a local firefighter reported that the tunnel's developmentlation system was malfunctioning and it's making it hard to navigate the scene. a japan continues and report says the mudslide triggered the collapse of the ceiling. >>> family friends and fans gathered outside of the funeral for hector camacho. the champion boxer was fatally shot november 20th in puerto rico as he sat with a friend in the car. camacho was 50 years old. >>> winds in colorado whipped up a long smoldering wildfire that start back in okay, burning in and around rocky mountain national park. in all 1500 acres have burned and the fire is only 40% contained. >>> federal officials say more collaboration is needed to help fight huge wildfires and restore burn areas. wildfires burned more than 9 million acres this year and experts say overall conditions are getting worse with fire season lasting now two months longer and more red- flag warnings and disappearing snow pack. federal official
. today there were battles between the assad military and rebels around the capital, damascus, a mortar slammed into a school near the capital, killing at least nine students. it's not clear who fired it. outside journalists rarely get inside syria, but our elizabeth palmer reached damascus and the families suffering there. >> reporter: this is the new normal in damascus: going to work past military checkpoints. random explosions and heavily armed soldiers. trying to ignore the charred wreckage of car bombs, knowing there will be others which could explode any time, anywhere. a twin blast in a neighborhood last week killed more than 30 people. the community rallied to repair shattered windows and walls, but any feeling of security is gone. across the capital, people are gradually adjusting to the encroaching war. "my children don't go to school any more" this man told me. "and everyday we hear the noise of shelling all around us." does it scare you at night? >> of course, i'm not scared about them. >> reporter: you're not scared? >> no. >> reporter: why? >> because i-- >> he's very used
is not in favor of granting asylum to assad if he flees. with the civil war moving in on the capital of damascus, nato has approved turkey's use of the patriot anti-missile system along its border. the move comes amid growing fears syria will attack touree and/or israel, possibly with chemical weapons. >> an update now for you on the condition of the newly pregnant duchess of cambridge who is being treated for severe morning sickness. according to a statement from st. james palace, kate is, quote, continuing to feel better and that she and prince william are immensely grateful for the good wishes they have received. but there is still no word yet on when she will be discharged. >>> now your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. word came overnight that long time texas democratic congressman jack brooks has died just days shy of his 90th birthday. he was part of one of the nation's most iconic photographs, that one, that's brooks in the upper right hand corn er of the picture as linde johnson took the oath of office following the assassination of kennedy. brooks had been in the
talks, turkey will probably argue for tougher requirements for bashar assad. >>> it is 7:14. we were hoping to get some answers this morning, but as we just reported, the waiting game continues for same-sex couples hoping to get married here in california. alison burns is in our washington, d.c. newsroom with how the u.s. supreme court is keeping them guessing for a few days. >> reporter: just about 45 minutes ago, the justices released a list of cases they are going to be considering this term and still no mention of same-sex marriages. they are going to talk about it again on friday and rae re-- and -- and release another set of records -- orders. the justices have been asking to review proposition 8. now, san francisco city officials were getting ready to perform weddings as early as tomorrow in case the court decided not to take up the proposition 8. a lower court overturned the law and supporters are hoping the supreme court will let that decision stand. >> we're prepared for the crowd that we had in 2004 and 2008. and again, we will just be open and ready for anyone who wants t
assad, even if it meansen ending the conflict in syria. he said anyone who commits human rights violations has to be held accountable. now, the secretary moon also warned of huge consequences if assad decides to use chemical weapons in that crisis. secretary of state, hillary clinton, also warned syria of a swift response from the united states if chemical weapons are used. >>> well, today in egypt, supporters and critics of egypt's president have been throwing rocks at each other and fighting with sticks right outside of the presidential palace. thousands of protesters marched. muhammed morsi left as the crowds got bigger. protesters are angry -- angry about a power grab by the new president. >>> president obama is making a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. these are live pictures of the president at the business round table. he will be speaking later today to a group of native-american tribal leaders, more than 500 of them are concerned about how deep spending cuts made to avoid the fiscal cliff would affect native-american issues. and you may remember yesterday, the president m
and fears the assad regime could use chemical west that is mounting. secretary of state hillary clinton saying today that future of syria can not possibly include bashar al-assad. >>> 2,000 people gathering at pearl harbor observing the 70th anniversary of attack. in december 7, 1941 a japanese attack killed thousands of americans, thrusting the united states into world war ii. a moment of silence was observed at 7.59 a.m., exactly when the bombing began. that is the news from fox. back to you, tracy. tracy: arthel, thank you very much. the federal government will still be spending trillions of dollars a year with basically no plan to pay for it, hello. rich edson in d.c. to talk about this. you know what? nothing is really going to change, is it? >> right now congress is just trying to figure out how to replace a trillion dollars in automatic spending cuts over the next decade. even with that nearly $100 forecast to grow over the next 10 years. mostly thanks to increases in health care spending on medicare and medicaid. the feds are expected to spend more than $3.5 this fiscal year. ne
concerned, harsh warnings came from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news there are contingency plans for military action if the weapons became a threat. the syrian regime said it would not use chemical weapons under any circumstance, but president ass assad's father used them, and assad himself has been massacring his citizens for nearly two straight years. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> it's a little hard to believe since tens of thousands of folks have been killed already, use of chemical weapons would be off limits to the syrian regime right now. considering rebels have made advances that may be one of the most powerful weapons the government has in its arsenal right now. again, that's a red line according to the u.s. if chemicals are used, that could draw us into this
and it is deteriorating further? >> we closely monitor, and we continue to closely monitor and for the material. the assad regime, we have been increasingly concerned having non-escalation of violence through conventional means and it might be considering the use of chemical weapons and as the president has said, any use or proliferation of chemical weapons by the syrian regime would cross a red line for the united states. the regime must know the world is watching. and that they will be held accountable by the united states and international community if they use chemical weapons or fail to meet obligations to secure them. we continue to consult actively with syria's neighbors, our friends in the international community to } our common concerns about the security of these weapons and the syrian government to. >> we believe that they are part of the saudi regime. the regime has lost all legitimacy to lead syria and we are concerned about the chemical weapons stockpile, which have increased. >> is the type of movement that we are seeing right seeing right now, and as i crossed the red line? >> i think the
in that country. this morning, we're learning that syrian dictator, bashar al assad's forces have done in recent days that's alarmed u.s. officials and prompted a stern warning from president obama. and abc's martha raddatz is here with the details this morning. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, josh. this morning, a u.s. official is confirming that over the weekend, the syrian military loaded elements of the deadly nerve gas, sarin, on to bombs on or near syrian airfields. there's 40 chemical weapons sites like this one. one drop of sarin can kill you within minutes. the theory is that the sarin bombs could be put on syrian warplanes to use against the opposition forces. there's no way to know for certain if that was the plan. but president obama was so concerned, he issued that strong warning on monday. and since then, there has been no activity at those airfields. and the syrian government insists it will not use chemical weapons. but that does not mean this threat has gone away. opposition forces are gaining ground in syria's capital, putting more pressure on syria's unpredict
. the fighting in syria spilling over into neighboring lebanon. supporters and opponents of assad exchanging fire there. four people have been kill and a dozen wounded. >>> on violent end to a standoff at a fast-food restaurant. sacramento police and swatted teams surrounding this jack-in-the-box yesterday. investigators say that a suspect held two female hostages inside for at least three hours. one of the women reportedly escaped on her own and according to reports, officers determined that the remaining hostage was in immediate danger. so police opened fire wounding the suspect. remaining hostage was unhurt. the suspect later died at the hospital. >> gregg: new reaction to that deadly crash involving a dallas cowboys player. josh brent now facing up to 20 years behind bars for alleged drunk driving accident that killed his teammate. casey stegall is live in arlington, texas. >> reporter: today a judge set bail at josh brent at $500,000. his attorney is now saying that is too high. it is more than the cowboys authorized him to pay and he is petitioning to get that lowered. meantime, brent has b
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